Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To George G. Meade [1]

Executive Mansion Washington,
Major General Meade Nov. 3, 1864

Suspend execution of Samuel J. Smith, and George Brown, alias George Rock, until further order & send record. A. LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 222. George Brown, alias George Rock, Company A, Fifteenth New York Engineers, and Samuel J. Smith alias William Jones, Sixty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, had been sentenced for desertion. General Meade replied on the same day: ``Your dispatchPage  89

of this date directing that execution of the sentence in the cases of Samuel J Smith and George Brown alias George Rock be suspended until further orders has been received The records in these cases were forwarded to the Judge Advocate General some days ago.'' (DLC-RTL). No reference has been found to the final disposal of Smith's case, but AGO Special Orders No. 52, February 1, 1865, cancelled the suspension of sentence for George Rock (George Rock Brown) and ordered that ``the sentence will be executed at such time and place as the Commanding General may direct.''